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We are now in an age where debt and financial issues are becoming an accepted norm for people. With property prices and rents at an all time high, and credit freely available, more and more people are finding that they are unable to meet financial commitments and struggle to repay their debts.

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Wills and Probate Questions

My elderly parents have recently made a will, but I’ve been told by friends that I am unlikely to see any of their money because of debts hanging over me, such as a mortgage repossession, loan arrears and credit card debts. They say these organisations would grab their chunk first, and there’d be nothing left for me. Is this correct?

After my parents died in the 1980’s I came to regard a distant relative as a surrogate parent. When he died his property passed to his wife, who said they intended leaving everything to me and my brother. However she died last year without making a will and their estate worth more than £100,000 went to the Crown. I have been given £20,000 but my brother has received nothing. What should he expect, and are we entitled to more?

I would like to know if my brother and I have any claim on the estate of our stepmother, who died two years ago. She had one daughter (our half-sister) who kept everything and is now talking of selling the house. Will we have any claim on it?

My mother-in-law is in a home. She made a will dividing everything between her three children, but now my wife’s younger brother has taken her to a solicitor to draw up a new will. We don’t know what it contains, but we suspect it will benefit the brother alone. Is there anything we can do about this?

My father was left some money in a friend’s will. However my father died before his friend. Will the money go to my father’s next of kin (ie myself) or into the friend’s estate? It doesn’t say in the will that my father should be still alive at the time of his friend’s death.

My husband and I own our house as tenants in common. In his will he has left me a lifetime interest in his half of the property. If he were to die and I wanted to move somewhere smaller, would I be able to sell the house?

I am the executor of a will. I have obtained a grant of probate and I’m now going to advertise for creditors. Do I need to place an advert anywhere else apart from in the London Gazette? I understand I then have to wait two months. Does this mean that if any creditors appear after two months they have no claim on the estate?

Our parents lived apart for many years, although they were not divorced. My father died two years after my mother, having made a will leaving his estate to just one of his three sons. Is that legal? The house was in his name only. What would have happened if he hadn’t made a will?

I have been in touch with an internationally famous clairvoyant medium for some years. She sent me a copy of her will, in which she left me a “provisional future of money, luxury belongings that cannot begin to be named and my blessing for a long happy life.” I have now been notified that she has died but have heard nothing further. How can I find out more?

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